Tax Audit Stories

Hearing this story from Audit Representative Susie E. made me think of “The Gambler,” a song released and made famous by Kenny Rogers in 1978. Over the many years she’s been representing our members in IRS office audits, Susie has learned a lot about reading a situation and how to…
The member’s case arrived at TaxResources as an IRS Notice of Deficiency (NOD to TRI insiders and tax preparers). This is not the optimum form of “first contact” in dealing with a potential dispute with the IRS. In general, a Notice of Deficiency is the last letter sent to taxpayers…
A Schedule C for self-employment with no income and a $16,000 loss will easily draw the attention of the IRS. This was exactly the scenario for this member in this particular situation. After being audited several times before, with painful results as a result of handling the audits on…
One of my recent cases was very challenging. I worked with a member who had experienced a significant business theft and then, as bad luck would have it, she was audited by the IRS. I was able to help our member, but it took more of a fight than usual…
Here’s one for the books. I never thought the IRS would go for it, but I had to try… The member received a notice questioning her IRA rollover of $212,000 from 2008. The notice included a bill for $62,271, plus penalties and interest, which brought the total due to…
One of the most difficult challenges we face when dealing with an IRS audit is arguing that a business is a ‘for profit’ activity instead of a hobby. If it is a valid business, a loss is allowed on the tax return. The IRS typically presumes an activity is…
One of my most recent exciting cases started out with one our members receiving a bill for $434.79 when she was expecting a refund of nearly $7,000. This is the first notice our member received; however, she had relocated a couple of times since initially filing her return, so…
Before you decide to handle your own IRS audit, you should be alert to all that could go wrong if you do. This month’s case tells the story of an audit that should have been quick and easy to resolve, but we had to go all the way…
Most of us are not comfortable speaking about our personal problems with anyone other than family and close friends, but situations sometimes arise in which we have no choice but to disclose private details about our lives to strangers. The IRS has a way of putting us in…
There are certain times in life when an IRS audit is unavoidable. One of those occasions is when certain items on your tax return do not match the figures sent electronically to the IRS by third parties. This month’s case is just one example of how common life…
Taxpayers who handle their own IRS audits frequently find the experience so confusing and stressful that they’ll write a check to the IRS just to make it go away. All too often they pay the amount requested in the letter without realizing that they have a good chance…
Good coaches are experts on the rules, techniques and strategies of their sports. A coach’s job is to instruct and prepare a team for competition, to set a strategy for winning, and to motivate players to give 100% effort to their game. This month’s case shows how an…
Since the publication of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book, Outliers: The Story of Success, there’s been a lot of buzz about the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Meeting this rule is what many sociologists consider to be the key to success in any field. The theory is that practicing a specific…
Since the worldwide financial crisis began in 2007, countless individuals and families have been facing their own personal economic troubles. Many folks have had no choice but to deplete retirement savings accounts and default on mortgage debt. Often it’s too late by the time they discover that these…
We have an ongoing continuing education program at TaxResources that helps our audit representatives meet their professional licensing requirements while at the same time making them more effective at defending our members. This month’s case shows how a TaxResources audit representative with an up-to-date education provides the defense…
Our mission at TaxResources is to provide our members with the best income tax audit representation and the best taxpayer education available, and to exceed our members’ expectations. This month’s case is an example of how our Audit Representatives fulfill this mission, day by day and audit by…
Many folks have purchased new homes in the past couple of years to take advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. After uncovering widespread homebuyer credit fraud and losing millions of dollars to erroneous claims, the IRS now examines all requests for the credit to verify eligibility. In their…
Mere receipt of a letter from the IRS can make some people fall to pieces, even before they know what it has to say. This month’s case clearly illustrates how having an audit representative makes dealing with the IRS a whole lot easier, even when all that’s requested…
Ignoring the IRS doesn’t make them go away, ask Al Capone. They will continue to send letters, and if you never respond the assumption will be that you concede to their assessment. Eventually you will hear from their collections division, and at that point your case will be…
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and you won’t know until we try. The process the IRS uses when deciding to waive a penalty may seem random, but the decision is supposed to be based on whether or not it can be shown that a taxpayer acted in…
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Hearing this story from Audit Representative Susie E. made me think of “The Gambler,” a song released and made famous by Kenny Rogers in 1978. Over the many years she’s been representing our members in IRS office audits, Susie has learned a lot about reading a situation and how to…
The member’s case arrived at TaxResources as an IRS Notice of Deficiency (NOD to TRI insiders and tax preparers). This is not the optimum form of “first contact” in dealing with a potential dispute with the IRS. In general, a Notice of Deficiency is the last letter sent to taxpayers…
A Schedule C for self-employment with no income and a $16,000 loss will easily draw the attention of the IRS. This was exactly the scenario for this member in this particular situation. After being audited several times before, with painful results as a result of handling the audits on…
One of my recent cases was very challenging. I worked with a member who had experienced a significant business theft and then, as bad luck would have it, she was audited by the IRS. I was able to help our member, but it took more of a fight than usual…
Here’s one for the books. I never thought the IRS would go for it, but I had to try… The member received a notice questioning her IRA rollover of $212,000 from 2008. The notice included a bill for $62,271, plus penalties and interest, which brought the total due to…
One of the most difficult challenges we face when dealing with an IRS audit is arguing that a business is a ‘for profit’ activity instead of a hobby. If it is a valid business, a loss is allowed on the tax return. The IRS typically presumes an activity is…
One of my most recent exciting cases started out with one our members receiving a bill for $434.79 when she was expecting a refund of nearly $7,000. This is the first notice our member received; however, she had relocated a couple of times since initially filing her return, so…
Before you decide to handle your own IRS audit, you should be alert to all that could go wrong if you do. This month’s case tells the story of an audit that should have been quick and easy to resolve, but we had to go all the way…
Most of us are not comfortable speaking about our personal problems with anyone other than family and close friends, but situations sometimes arise in which we have no choice but to disclose private details about our lives to strangers. The IRS has a way of putting us in…
There are certain times in life when an IRS audit is unavoidable. One of those occasions is when certain items on your tax return do not match the figures sent electronically to the IRS by third parties. This month’s case is just one example of how common life…
Taxpayers who handle their own IRS audits frequently find the experience so confusing and stressful that they’ll write a check to the IRS just to make it go away. All too often they pay the amount requested in the letter without realizing that they have a good chance…
Good coaches are experts on the rules, techniques and strategies of their sports. A coach’s job is to instruct and prepare a team for competition, to set a strategy for winning, and to motivate players to give 100% effort to their game. This month’s case shows how an…
Since the publication of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book, Outliers: The Story of Success, there’s been a lot of buzz about the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Meeting this rule is what many sociologists consider to be the key to success in any field. The theory is that practicing a specific…
Since the worldwide financial crisis began in 2007, countless individuals and families have been facing their own personal economic troubles. Many folks have had no choice but to deplete retirement savings accounts and default on mortgage debt. Often it’s too late by the time they discover that these…
We have an ongoing continuing education program at TaxResources that helps our audit representatives meet their professional licensing requirements while at the same time making them more effective at defending our members. This month’s case shows how a TaxResources audit representative with an up-to-date education provides the defense…
Our mission at TaxResources is to provide our members with the best income tax audit representation and the best taxpayer education available, and to exceed our members’ expectations. This month’s case is an example of how our Audit Representatives fulfill this mission, day by day and audit by…
Many folks have purchased new homes in the past couple of years to take advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. After uncovering widespread homebuyer credit fraud and losing millions of dollars to erroneous claims, the IRS now examines all requests for the credit to verify eligibility. In their…
Mere receipt of a letter from the IRS can make some people fall to pieces, even before they know what it has to say. This month’s case clearly illustrates how having an audit representative makes dealing with the IRS a whole lot easier, even when all that’s requested…
Ignoring the IRS doesn’t make them go away, ask Al Capone. They will continue to send letters, and if you never respond the assumption will be that you concede to their assessment. Eventually you will hear from their collections division, and at that point your case will be…
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and you won’t know until we try. The process the IRS uses when deciding to waive a penalty may seem random, but the decision is supposed to be based on whether or not it can be shown that a taxpayer acted in…
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Hearing this story from Audit Representative Susie E. made me think of “The Gambler,” a song released and made famous by Kenny Rogers in 1978. Over the many years she’s been representing our members in IRS office audits, Susie has learned a lot about reading a situation and how to…
The member’s case arrived at TaxResources as an IRS Notice of Deficiency (NOD to TRI insiders and tax preparers). This is not the optimum form of “first contact” in dealing with a potential dispute with the IRS. In general, a Notice of Deficiency is the last letter sent to taxpayers…
A Schedule C for self-employment with no income and a $16,000 loss will easily draw the attention of the IRS. This was exactly the scenario for this member in this particular situation. After being audited several times before, with painful results as a result of handling the audits on…
One of my recent cases was very challenging. I worked with a member who had experienced a significant business theft and then, as bad luck would have it, she was audited by the IRS. I was able to help our member, but it took more of a fight than usual…
Here’s one for the books. I never thought the IRS would go for it, but I had to try… The member received a notice questioning her IRA rollover of $212,000 from 2008. The notice included a bill for $62,271, plus penalties and interest, which brought the total due to…
One of the most difficult challenges we face when dealing with an IRS audit is arguing that a business is a ‘for profit’ activity instead of a hobby. If it is a valid business, a loss is allowed on the tax return. The IRS typically presumes an activity is…
One of my most recent exciting cases started out with one our members receiving a bill for $434.79 when she was expecting a refund of nearly $7,000. This is the first notice our member received; however, she had relocated a couple of times since initially filing her return, so…
Before you decide to handle your own IRS audit, you should be alert to all that could go wrong if you do. This month’s case tells the story of an audit that should have been quick and easy to resolve, but we had to go all the way…
Most of us are not comfortable speaking about our personal problems with anyone other than family and close friends, but situations sometimes arise in which we have no choice but to disclose private details about our lives to strangers. The IRS has a way of putting us in…
There are certain times in life when an IRS audit is unavoidable. One of those occasions is when certain items on your tax return do not match the figures sent electronically to the IRS by third parties. This month’s case is just one example of how common life…
Taxpayers who handle their own IRS audits frequently find the experience so confusing and stressful that they’ll write a check to the IRS just to make it go away. All too often they pay the amount requested in the letter without realizing that they have a good chance…
Good coaches are experts on the rules, techniques and strategies of their sports. A coach’s job is to instruct and prepare a team for competition, to set a strategy for winning, and to motivate players to give 100% effort to their game. This month’s case shows how an…
Since the publication of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book, Outliers: The Story of Success, there’s been a lot of buzz about the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Meeting this rule is what many sociologists consider to be the key to success in any field. The theory is that practicing a specific…
Since the worldwide financial crisis began in 2007, countless individuals and families have been facing their own personal economic troubles. Many folks have had no choice but to deplete retirement savings accounts and default on mortgage debt. Often it’s too late by the time they discover that these…
We have an ongoing continuing education program at TaxResources that helps our audit representatives meet their professional licensing requirements while at the same time making them more effective at defending our members. This month’s case shows how a TaxResources audit representative with an up-to-date education provides the defense…
Our mission at TaxResources is to provide our members with the best income tax audit representation and the best taxpayer education available, and to exceed our members’ expectations. This month’s case is an example of how our Audit Representatives fulfill this mission, day by day and audit by…
Many folks have purchased new homes in the past couple of years to take advantage of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. After uncovering widespread homebuyer credit fraud and losing millions of dollars to erroneous claims, the IRS now examines all requests for the credit to verify eligibility. In their…
Mere receipt of a letter from the IRS can make some people fall to pieces, even before they know what it has to say. This month’s case clearly illustrates how having an audit representative makes dealing with the IRS a whole lot easier, even when all that’s requested…
Ignoring the IRS doesn’t make them go away, ask Al Capone. They will continue to send letters, and if you never respond the assumption will be that you concede to their assessment. Eventually you will hear from their collections division, and at that point your case will be…
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and you won’t know until we try. The process the IRS uses when deciding to waive a penalty may seem random, but the decision is supposed to be based on whether or not it can be shown that a taxpayer acted in…
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